- 1 pound dried green split peas
- 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1-1/2 pounds)
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 to 10 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- In a Dutch oven, combine all of the ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; leaving cover ajar, simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Discard bay leaf. Remove the ham hocks; when cool enough to handle, cut meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to the soup and heat through. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Reviews for Split Pea Soup
"I tried this recipe for the first time! I think this is a really great recipe to use, too! I HAVE made adjustments: I cooked 9 slices of turkey bacon until crisp, then diced the bacon.I used one can (14.5-oz.) chicken broth, combined with enough water to make 10 cups liquid. I omitted the bouillon cubes this time around since I already had the chicken broth on hand.What I did was combine 1 tsp. each garlic powder, Southern Hickory smoked seasoning, seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, crushed, 1/4 tsp. pepper together which I added to the soup mixture before cooking, along with the split peas. (I omitted regular salt!) I did bring soup mixture to a boil, then reduced heat, leaving cover ajar to simmer 3 hours and stirred occasionally. Since I didn't HAVE ham hocks to use, I cooked the turkey bacon and diced it before preparing the soup. I used 2 cups of baby carrots which I'd finely chopped and a large onion, finely chopped. I LOVE bacon in split pea soup besides having it with ham! Thank you, John Croce, for sharing your recipe with Taste of Home. I used this for an Ingredient Challenge for peas this week! delowenstein"
"Great! Would probably add more veggies . . . peas not too thick. Family favorite!"
"This soup is exactly what a delicious bowl of split pea soup should be. It is hearty and flavorful. Split pea soup is one of my favorites but not my husband's. I knew this recipe was a keeper because he didn't mind that we had leftovers!"
"I was always afraid of trying to make split pea soup because I thought it was difficult to make. Boy was I wrong! This is such a simple, yet DELICIOUS recipe!"
"This recipe is very forgiving when it comes to spices. I used Italian Seasoning in lieu of the oregano and added some Season-all. I also only made half the recipe. Note, it takes longer than shown in the heading. If you read the instructions, it shows several hours of boiling. I boiled the ham hock and liquid for several hours and then cut up the hock and proceeded with the recipe. I would definitely make it again."
"I used yellow split peas I had a spiral ham so used the bone had chicken soup stock no bay leaf so did not add rest the same came out great I would make again"
"This is a very good soup. I did add some chopped ham. The oregano gave it a very nice flavor."
"I made this with only one minor change. I used chopped up ham (didn't have a ham hock). Living at 6,000', I had to cook it longer and add more water. Good flavor, hearty, warms you to your toes, and everyone loved it."
"I followed the recipe exactly & served it to my family, ages 18 to 91, and all loved it."
"This is my first time making split pea soup, so I may not have as much of an idea. I didn't like the smell of the hamhock, and it's all through my house now. I think I will try a bacon based recipe next time."